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A Fruitful Season

Eagle Creek Orchard Recovers From 2013 Frost Damage 

Photo by Lisa Britton/Peaches aplenty at Eagle Creek Orchard near Richland.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

The apple trees droop with fruit, the laden branches propped up with boards.

The Asian pears are ready to be picked, but those will have to wait — right now, the garage and cooler are stacked with boxes of peaches and pears with little room to spare.

These sights at Eagle Creek Orchard near Richland are the opposite of last year, when a spring frost killed almost 100 percent of the crops.


Crews corral Eagle Cap fire

Fire crews have mostly tamed a wildfire in the Eagle Cap Wilderness near Wallowa Lake, but officials say the West Fork fire probably will smolder until the first strong storms of autumn arrive.

The fire, which officials believe was started by people although the investigation continues, has burned 135 acres.

The blaze, reported by hikers one week ago, on Sept. 8, is 45 percent contained.


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